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upcoming course at kth



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Theory of science and research methods in art, technology and design

The course provides an overview of theory of science and scientific method, set within a cultural framework and addressed in relation to (forms of) knowledge. The focus lies on reflexive, critical and qualitative research methods in the humanities and the social sciences. Notions of paradigmatic shifts, divides between different scientific traditions, and inter- and transdisciplinary research are presented and framed in ways that are particularly useful for students pursuing practice-based research, artistic research and design research. Students are provided with a solid understanding of key concepts and topics – such as the relation between epistemology, ontology, and methodology, and the linkage between research question, method, aim and result – through lectures and literature seminars. In emphasizing social complexity and with a focus on poorly-defined cases characterized by “messiness”, the course aims at providing students with advanced insights into recent thinking on reflexive and critical methodologies, qualitative and innovative methods, and performative research practices. Historical examples and key philosophical sources are combined with current thinking in various academic fields characterised by criticality, experimentation and reflexivity. On completion of the course, the student will be able to reflect on his/her own position in relation to dominant schools of thought, and critically discuss the problems and opportunities, as well as the epistemological and ethical challenges, inherent to his/her own research practice.

Applications to the course should be submitted by e-mail to the course responsible teacher, Jonathan Metzger – no later than the 1 st of March. Your participation in the course is only guaranteed after you have received a positive response on your application. Anyone eligible for third cycle is welcome to apply. The number of participants is limited, first come, first served!

carl unander scharin: doctoral defence



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Carl Unander-Scharins dissertation Extending Opera – Artist-led Explorations in Operatic Practice through Electronics and Interactivity is presented and defended. Following are the timetable of the events:

  • 28 januari, 18 – Dress rehearsal
  • 29 januari kl 10.30 – 12.00 Performance
  • 29 januari kl 13.00 – Defence

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go to hell



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gotohell_web_finalWhen: October 7, 8 and 9 at 19:30. October 8 also 12:00
Where: Reaktorhallen, Drottning Kristinas väg 51, KTH, Stockholm

Go To Hell: gesture and sound on the threshold.
Go to Hell is an installation and performance work set on the threshold between gesture and sound and between the worlds of the dead and the living. The three musicians of the Vietnamese/Swedish group The Six Tones move through the subterranean landscape of the dismantled R1 nuclear reactor like mythological after-images. Fragments from the myth of Orpheus are double-exposed with the tale of a beheaded ghost from Vietnamese Tuong theatre. Evoked by the potential danger of the location, the audience is invited to explore an interactive and open form installation that relates to ancient myth and its bearings on experimental art of today. The choreographies and video art all relate to the gestural and conceptual content of Toccata Orpheus, a composition for guitar solo by the German composer Rolf Riehm.

Choreography: Marie Fahlin
Sound and light installation: Gerhard Eckel
Video and sound installation by Anders Elberling och Henrik Frisk
Video by Jörgen Dahlqvist
Music by Rolf Riehm, Henrik Frisk, Richard Karpen and The Six Tones
Lightdesign Sutoda.

extended opera symposium



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Extended Opera Symposium – On Contemporary Opera and Technology
University College of Opera (OHS) & Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) invite you to the first International symposium on Contemporary Opera and Technology

When: May, 31st – June, 1st 2013
Where: KTH The Reactor hall (R1), Drottning Kristinas väg 51 & L1, Drottning Kristinas väg 30

Is Opera a mausoleum risen over bygone golden ages – constantly looking back on a forlorn high-point of canonical works composed during the 19th century?  Or can we understand opera as a creative paradigm based on the human voice and on innovation?

Extended Opera Symposium brings the subject of innovative technology in operatic practice to the surface, and invites composers, set designers, singers, stage directors, conductors, dramaturges, librettists and other professionals as well as opera lovers to take part in lectures and discussions on how opera is and can be extended with new instruments and technologies.

Keynote speakers (international):

  • Arshia Cont, Director, Dep. for Research/Creativity Interfaces (IRC) IRCAM, Paris.
  • Alex Nowitz, Singer and Composer, affiliated with STEIM, Amsterdam.
  • Elena Jessop, PhD student, working w. prof. Tod Machover at MIT/Media Lab, Boston.
  • Oscar Bianchi, Swiss/Italian opera composer, earlier affiliated with IRCAM.
  • Nicola Bernardini, composer, Scuola di Musica Elettronica Conserv. C.Pollini, Padova.

and from Sweden:

  • Jesper Nordin, composer and inventor of the Gestrument for iPad.
  • Anna Einarsson, singer, composer and PhD student at Royal College of Music.
  • Carl Unander-Scharin, composer and lyric tenor, Visiting Professor at University College of Opera and PhD student at KTH.
  • Åsa Unander-Scharin, choreographer and director, PhD, Associate Professor at Luleå University of Technology.
  • Anne Pajunen, musician, composer and performance artist.

In connection to the symposium, there will be performances of two new operas: Between a rock and a hard place by South-African composer Philip Miller and Sing the Body Electric! by the Swedish team composer Carl Unander-Scharin and choreographer Åsa Unander-Scharin.

There is a maximum limit of 100 participants, for registration and questions, please mail:
eo@operahogskolan.se or via tel: +46 8 546 270 34
Day 1 (May 31^st) – Starting Time 9:30 AM Lunch break 1:00–2:00 PM Ending 5:30 PM

a singing marionette made of junk and a dancing robotic swan



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Between the 18th-­‐21st November, the exhibition Opera Mecatronica is on show in Reaktor 1 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where Åsa and Carl Unander-­‐Scharin present eight mecatronical opera and dance works. The exhibition room is a unique 13000 m3 space, 35 meters below earth which was Sweden’s first nuclear reactor, designed for scientific research, built in 1954 and phased out in 1970s. In the exhibition Opera Mecatronica, the computer directed marionette Olimpia made from junk, will perform for the first time. Olimpia is a three‐meter tall three‐dimensional creation built from rusty and patinated machine parts that dance in a curiously human like manner whilst singing an aria from The Tales of Hoffmann.
It is also the Stockholm debut for the dancing robot swan Robocygne, who will be dancing to Carl Unander-­‐Scharin’s electroacoustic version of Tchaikovsky’s majestic music from Swan Lake. The impression created when Robocygne, which was developed at Mälardalen University, was shown to an audience for the first time at the Swedish Book Fair in Gothenburg in September 2010, was enormous. That a robot could bring tears to the eye with its captivating dance created a newsworthy item that reached as far as the USA, India, Canada and Singapore. In this exhibition there are other curious items such as an interactive copper tree singing Handel’s Ombra mai fù, accompanied by vibrating brass loudspeaker leaves, a tub with dark water where a dancer interactively dances to the Pearl Fisher duet by Georges Bizet, and an electro mechanical miniature version of the ballet Petrushka…
Opera Mecatronica is created in close collaboration with the robot constructor Magnus Lundin and the lighting designer Anders Larsson, as well as with KTH R1. Read full Pressrelease (photo© Elias Lindén)

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